Gone is Gone

It has been a long time since I posted on this blog, so here is a brief update. I am no longer designing and creating vestments or wearable art, and I have not recently displayed or sold my work. This has been largely because I have stepped back from many parts of my life as I explore how living has changed for me after my transplant and the complications which followed it.

Since my surgeries, we also moved house, and I am still getting my studio organized because the kitchen, living areas, and home repairs took priority after the move. Unpacking and sorting my supplies, I have come across unfinished projects which I cannot resist working on. I also find supplies I had collected for specific purposes, and that leads to more distraction from the organizational task at hand, as I find myself beginning new projects.

We are living through unsettling times. I am grateful to be well during the pandemic, especially since I am in a high risk group. The drugs which necessarily suppress my immune system make it hard for me to fight off infection. Long before citizens were asked to isolate themselves, I was used to avoiding crowds. Being at home also suits the introspective part of my nature.

Sequestering myself during this pandemic is providing me a sabbatical of sorts:  space to think, rest, and create. Of course there are worries and anxiety, but I have to let them go ~ through reading, writing, going for walks outdoors, being in touch with family and friends via emails, texts and video chats. Soon I will be able to work in my gardens. Another important way I remain sane, stay in touch with myself, and feel productive is to work in my studio. There are stories which must be told.

The past couple of days I have been working on an altered book which I began before the move. The photo below is from a section of the book entitled “Shadows of the Past,” and this particular spread is called “Gone is Gone.” The book has many tucked-away places for writing, and envelopes for enclosing small objects.

Book of Shadows, "Gone is Gone"

There are empty pages in the book waiting for images and interactive fun, and I am bursting with ideas. Now I have the time to work on it.

Here’s hoping we all remain healthy, and create ways to find some peace and balance in our lives.

 

Books made of pockets!

My studio is in major disarray from my years “away.” In the process of re-organizing it I’ve been discovering work that I did in the past. Today it’s these tiny books made of pockets. In these two small handmade books, each page is a pocket containing a tag. Each decorative tag has space for your writing.

On the left is a book made of maps of Columbia County, NY, and photos from Chatham, NY.  There is a metal compass ornament on the front, and a tiny metal clocktower hangs near the top of the spine.  Each pocket features different towns and villages in the County.  Colorful glass beads decorate the cord that fastens the book shut. The book on the right has a floral motif, and is fastened with a ribbon and vintage button. The Columbia County book has twelve pockets and is 4.5″ X 3.25″ x .5″.The floral book has seven pockets and is 4.75 x 3.25 x .75″.

Two handmade books of pockets, and a handmade box.

Two handmade books of pockets, and a handmade box.

Below is the book with map pockets,

Columbia County book of pockets.

Columbia County book of pockets.

And here is the floral book of pockets.

Floral-themed book of pockets.

Floral-themed book of pockets.

More “finds” to follow.

 

Sewing Box and Fairy House.

It has been a while since I last posted here. My creative energy has been focused on small things, using materials close at hand. No more large -scale projects for now.

This is the sewing box I made for my daughter:

Sewing Box Front

 

Sewing box left side

 

Sewing Box Em & Mirror

 

Sewing box drawer, blinged retro pattern

There are more sewing box photos on my website www.sanctuarywithoutwalls.com.

 

FAIRY HOUSE

Another small project was created for my granddaughters: A Fairy House. I gathered pine cones, dried rhododendron leaves, bark from downed birch branches, stones, and more.  The doors are part of a wood napkin holder. I hand colored windows with alcohol inks. The house is illuminated indoors with tiny lights.

Fairy House photos © copyright 2014 Deirdre Malfatto Photography

Fairy House, D2. Out back

Fairy house, angle close-up, D8, porchFairy house side windows, D, 3

The Sanctuary Art Gallery in the Canaan Congregational Church welcomes the public to its opening and reception for the 13 artists exhibiting their works in the invitational show Frames of Reference, on Saturday, July 26, at 1 p.m. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served.
Free and open to the public.

This Fairy House will be displayed on July 26th, but it may be there longer, depending on my granddaughters! Deirdre Malfatto’s professional photograph of the house will remain on display throughout the show. I do not yet know which photo Deidre has chosen for the show; I’m eager to see it! Please attend!

 

 

Green in Winter

This is a rough photo of a terrarium I worked on this morning. More photos can be found at Sanctuary Without Walls.

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Below are some photos of tiny terrarium pendants, with a quarter to show scale. Some of these were for sale at the Real Food Market Co-op for the holidays, which is why some have chains and others do not (yet).

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Who thought I’d be gardening in this frigid weather?!

In Process ~ A Special Banner

A tree, leaves, spirals, fruit, human hands – this is a detail/close-up photo of a banner I’m working on for a church. After it’s been presented (November) I’ll be able to post a photo of the entire banner.

This has been in process since May. It makes my heart sing to work with colors I love and symbols that are important to me.

Made of cotton fabrics via applique´.